by Hannah Craven
Day Out Guides
For fans of all things quirky and out of the ordinary, there are lots of unusual things to do in Pembrokeshire!
From treetop trails to Iron Age villages, we’ve put together a guide to the most unusual attractions and activities in the area. Those with little ones in tow can enjoy a whole host of interesting days out – from roaring dinosaurs to friendly llamas (and plenty in between…).
Curious? Here are some of the most interesting and unusual things to do in Pembrokeshire…
Location: St Davids
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm in St Davids is both a research and visitor centre, just outside of St Davids. Home to hundreds of species of tropical and native bugs, it’s a really interesting day out for families. From the Walled Garden to the British Bug House, there’s so much to see here. One of the most interesting features on the farm is the Grub Kitchen – the UK’s first edible insect restaurant!
A spacious two-bedroom dormer bungalow in the scenic setting of St Davids, Greenfields is ideal for couples or families looking to get away to the seaside. With the coastal path less than half a mile away, there’s plenty of beautiful walking routes to be discovered in the local area.
For those who aren’t phased by heights, the Tree Tops Adventure Trail in Tenby is an incredibly fun day out. Providing a variety of trails tailored to your ability level, you’ll get to scale the heights of the forest safely and securely. The highest platform is 11m above the ground, so it’s definitely not the faint-hearted!
©Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
The Castell Henllys Iron Age Village offers a unique glimpse into what life was like for Welsh tribes more than 2,000 years ago. Far from the modern comforts that we’re all used to today, the reconstructed huts and buildings have been carefully made with the same materials used in the Iron Age. Fully costumed guides really help to create a really authentic atmosphere as you roam the ancient grounds. If you’re a history enthusiast, be sure to check out these magnificent castles in Pembrokeshire.
Location: Skomer Island
How often do you get the opportunity to set sail and spend a day exploring a wild and undisturbed island? Take a boat trip over to Skomer Island for a chance to see the resident seabirds and seals. It’s estimated that the island is home to over 22,000 puffins – usually a rare sight anywhere else in the UK! If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to see dolphins swimming beside the boat.
We’ve all heard about Merlin, but did you know that he originated from Carmarthen? As the story goes, the Welsh name Myrddin derived from Caerfyrddin – the Welsh name for Carmarthen. This mythical magician is mentioned in legends across the country, often linked to King Arthur – the tale of which has inspired stories for centuries.
Set between Ferryside and Kidwelly, Maes yr Awel is a lovely four-bedroom dormer bungalow in the sleepy village of Llansaint. Just ten miles from Carmarthen, it is ideally positioned for guests to make the most of the many attractions in the area, including Folly Farm and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales.
Such a lovely place to spend a day and one of our favourite unusual things to do in Pembrokeshire, the Secret Owl Garden in Narberth gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with an array of majestic owls. Visitors get the chance to fly up to three owls during a private session – with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. This award-winning attraction is a must-see for any owl lovers!
If you don’t fancy spending the day with Dr Beynon’s creepy crawlies, perhaps a visit to see the Pembrokeshire Llamas sounds a little more appealing? A sanctuary for llamas in need of a loving home, visitors are welcome to come and spend the day with these friendly camelids. Offering guided walks and treks, it’s a great way to see the local area and make a new furry friend.
Haven’t picked up a paintbrush since your school days? The Creative Cafe in Haverfordwest offers a variety of workshops, including pottery painting and clay handprints. It’s a good way to learn a new skill, and you’ll have something special to take back home with you at the end of the day. A great choice for those drizzly days!
The Dinosaur Park is home to over 30 life-size (and roaring) dinosaurs, with a host of scenic woodland trails through the grounds. Once you’ve discovered all the hidden dinosaurs, it’s time to head over to the activities in the centre of the park. From crazy golf to skiddy cars, there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained for the day.
A stylish two-bedroom holiday apartment in the seaside town of Saundersfoot, 15 Coedrath Park is set in the heart of all the action. Whether you’re planning a day out to Oakwood Theme Park or a good hike along the coastal path, you’ll find it all within a short distance away.
We hope you enjoyed reading our list of unusual things to do in Pembrokeshire! Many of our delightful Pembrokeshire cottages are just a short drive away from these unusual attractions! From large family holiday homes to wooden cabins for two, we’ve got the perfect cottage awaiting your arrival.
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